Madelyn Detloff

Madelyn Detloff
Acting Chair, English Department, 2017-2018
Professor of English and Global and Interncultural Studies/Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

356 F Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus
(513) 529 1395


Ph.D. English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997

Women’s Studies Doctoral Emphasis Certificate, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997

M.A. English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991

B.A. English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, 1987

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies 
  • Literary Modernism
  • Crip Theory
  • Trauma Studies
  • Queer and Feminist Theory
  • Virginia Woolf
  • H.D.
  • Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Writing 


  • The Value of Virginia Woolf, New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • The Persistence of Modernism: Loss and Mourning in the Twentieth Century. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Edited Volumes

  • Queer Bloomsbury, Co-Edited with Brenda Helt, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016. 
  • Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, and Internationalism. Selected Papers from the 17th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Diana Royer and Madelyn Detloff. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2008.
  • Special Issue on Woolf and Pedagogy. Virginia Woolf Miscellany 73 (Spring/Summer 2008). 


  • “Modern Times, Modernist Writing, Modern Sexualities.” The Cambridge Companion to Lesbian Literature, Ed. Jodie Medd. Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming)
  • “Camp Orlando (or) Orlando.” Modernism/Modernity. Special cluster on Camp Modernism, Edited by Douglas Mao and Marsha Bryant. (forthcoming)
  • “Translating Trans: Queer Theory, Script Theory, and Co-constructed Meaning in Kate Bornstein’s Serious Play.” Midwest Modern Language Association Journal 46.2 (Fall 2012).
  • “‘The word is destroyed’? Women’s Studies, Modernist Studies, and the ‘New Normal’ in Academe.” Literature Compass. 10.1. (January 2013): 61-69.
  • “’The Law is on the Side of the Normal:’ Virginia Woolf as Crip Theorist.” Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-second Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Kathryn Holland and Ann Martin. Clemson University Digital Press, 2013. 
  • “Thirteen Ways to Look at Queering Woolf” (Co-authored with Brenda Helt). Virginia Woolf Miscellany 82 (Fall 2012): 1-4.
  • “Woolf and Lesbian Culture: Queering Woolf Queering.” Virginia Woolf in Context. Ed. Jane Goldman and Bryony Randall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012: 342-52.
  • “Am I a Snob?” Well, sort of: Socialism, Advocacy, and Disgust in Woolf’s Economic Writing.” Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-first Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki. Clemson University Digital Press, 2012.
  • “Burnt Offerings or Incendiary Devices? Ambivalence, Trauma, and Cultural Work in The Gift and Trilogy.” Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose. Ed. Annette Debo and Lara Vetter. New York: Modern Language Association, 2011.
  • “Learning Communities and Institutional Transformation,” co-authored with Carolyn Haynes, et. al. Learning Communities Journal 2.2 (2010).
  • “Mrs. Dalloway and the Ideology of Death: A Cultural Studies Approach.” Approaches to Teaching Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Ed. Eileen Barrett and Ruth Saxton. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009.
  • “Woolf and Pedagogy: Intellectual Liberty Under Pressure to Instrumentalize Knowledge.” Virginia Woolf Miscellany 73 (Spring/Summer 2008): 1-2.
  • “Living in Energetic Space: Jeanette Winterson’s Bodies and Pleasures.” ELN 45.2 (2007).
  • “‘’Tis Not my Nature to Join in Hating, but in Loving’: Toward Survivable Public Mourning.” Modernism and Mourning. Ed. Patricia Rae. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2007:50-68.
  • “Gender Please, Without the Gender Police: Rethinking Pain in Archetypal Narratives of Butch, Transgender, and FTM Masculinity.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 10.1/2 (2006): 87-105. [Simultaneously published in Challenging Lesbian Norms: Intersex, Transgender, Intersectional and Queer Perspectives. Ed. Angela Pattatucci-Aragon. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2006.]
  • “‘Father, don’t you see I’m burning?’ Identification and Re-membering in H.D.’s World War II Writing.” Incest and the Literary Imagination. Ed. Elizabeth Barnes. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2002.
  • “‘Thinking Peace into Existence’: The Spectacle of History in Between the Acts.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 28 (1999): 403-433.
  • “Imagined Communities of Criticism: ‘Wounded Attachments’ to the Icons of H.D., Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf.” Selected Papers from the Eighth Annual Virginia Woolf Conference: “Virginia Woolf and Communities.” Ed. Laura Davis and Jeanette McVicker. New York: Pace University Press, 1999.
  • “Mean Spirits: The Politics of Contempt Between Feminist Generations.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 12.3 (1997): 76-99. 
  • CELTUA Major Teaching Grant (2014-15)
  • HCWE Departmental/Program Grant for Writing Instruction (2013)
  • Miami University Faculty Diversity Award (2011) 
  • Miami University Humanities Center, Altman Scholar (2009-2011)
  • Altman Faculty Fellow, Miami University Humanities Center, 2009-2010.
  • Committee for Faculty Research Summer Research Appointment, 2010.
  • College of Arts and Sciences CETE grant for the major revision of Women’s Studies 201 (co–written with Yu–Fang Cho and Ann Fuehrer) (2006)
  • CELT Summer Fellowship for Curriculum Development (2005)
  • Miami University Women’s Leadership “Women Breaking Barriers” Award (2004)
  • University of California Humanities Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (1998–99)
  • UCSB Women’s Studies Program Distinguished Service Award (1998)
  • American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship (1995–96)
  • Regents Pre–Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, UCSB (1993–94)
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Junior Fellowship, UCSB (1989–90)
  • Regents Pre–Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, UCSB (1989–90)
  • Ann C. Wilson College Honor Scholarship, The University of Chicago (1983–87)

Detloff is working on Lessons from the Belly of the Beast, a teaching memoir.